Al Pahanish, Jr

Al P.

12 Reviews
Phoenix, AZ

About Al P.

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Al teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: February 1984
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 6 hours


Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.

Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.

Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...

As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).

As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.

August 2011:
I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where I have my own studio for lessons and recording.

On the tour front you will find me performing live with Boston hardcore legends DYS.

"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"

Product Endorsements:
TAMA drums/hardware, Zildjian cymbals,Vater Percussion(sticks/tape), Remo drum heads, E-Pad practice pads /accessories and Rhythmtec percussion.

Photos and Videos

live may day festival 2012 Berlin, Germany.


Drummer-Guitarist-Producer Jan 1996 - Present
Sonic Albonic Music

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums, guitar, bass and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.


BA Percussion Performance Jan 1986 - May 1992
Berklee College of Music
Traditional Music Studies Jan 1983 - Jan 1986
Trinity College of Music, London...Pittsburgh, Pa Center/Maxine Shimer

Languages Spoken

jazz Professional Proficiency
Music Professional Proficiency


Certification Music production and engineering Dec 1982
The Recording Workshop


Gold Sales Award 500,000+ Dec 1999
Platinum Sales Award 1,000,000+ Sep 1999
Gold Sales Award 500.000+ Aug 1999
RIAA/ Recording Industry Association of America
Gold Sales Award 500,000+ Apr 1999
Product Endorsement Jan 1998
Rhythmtech Percussion
Product Endorsement Jan 1998
Product Endorsement Jan 1996
Zildjian Cymbals
Product Endorsement Jan 1996
Product Endorsement Jan 1996
Hoshino U.S.A.-Tama Drums
Product Endorsement Jan 1995
Vater Percussion


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Jan 1996

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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12 Reviews on Al P.

RJ G May 14, 2014
One of the Best

I have studied with several instructors, and I found Al to be the best. He not only knows his craft and takes pride in it, but he has a unique way of connecting with his students.

He listens, observes, and then starts to create a curriculum that is specific to the student. He can then convey this material in a manner that is fun, easily understood, and constructive.

I would highly recommend Al as an instructor.
Rob S. Jan 17, 2014
Verified Student
MY daughter loves playing!!

I tried to teach my daughter, Rose, how to play the guitar and I couldn't get her to follow through with her lessons. Al has made the guitar fun for her. She'll play AT LEAST an hour a day now, learning songs given to her and playing warm-ups like scales.

Al also teaches music theory so Rose understands music more. Any teacher that gets a student that excited is doing something right.
Timothy C. Dec 15, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent Instructor!!

Our son has been working with Al for nearly a year and we are very pleased with the growth we have seen in our son’s drumming ability!
Al seeks my son’s input when selecting songs to teach him and encourages my son to apply his knowledge to learn new songs on his own. They go over what he taught himself and then he gives him new beats to incorporate to what he knows. My son truly enjoys learning from a skilled professional like Al. He is an awesome instructor!!!
Corinne D. Dec 7, 2013
Verified Student
Al is an awesome teacher.

When I was looking for a drumming teacher for my son, I looked at several of the teachers' profiles. I thought that Al's profile was the best fit for my son who had no experience in drumming, and my son has learned so much from Al. Al is a wonderful teacher and very patient. He adjusts to the likes and needs of his students. I like that Al is a professional musician/performer and brings that experience to the table too.
Juline H. Dec 6, 2013
Verified Student
Al is the best teacher

My son started learning the guitar with NO experience at the age of 9. He is now playing the songs he always wanted to learn, is always excited to go to his weekly lesson, and above all has the upmost respect for AL as do I as Anthony's mom. I couldn't think of anyone I would rather my son learn from. Al's extensive knowledge of musical instruments is nothing short of remarkable! I would recommend AL to anyone looking for a teacher in the musical arts.
Craig T. Mar 20, 2013
Verified Student
Great Patience

I was a complete beginer and couldn't read a single note. Al showed great patience form day one when i came in with a broken string. Never once in all of my lessons did he hesitate to repeat, redemonstrate, or write it out. He is your choice if this is what you need in an instructor.
Timothy C. Jan 30, 2013
Verified Student
Al P. is an excellent instructor.

Glad we found him. He is excellent with our eleven year old son. If your child wants to learn to play the drums Al is the man!!!!
AngelaI Mar 11, 2012
Outside the box

When I made the call to Take Lessons, I was veryhesitant due to the fact that we have had some interesting experiences (via Craigslist) with a few teachers prior to Al. I was looking for someone to come in and help "develop/coach" my teenage boys band. From the initial phone conversation with Al, I was pretty confident that I made the right move. Al not only brings a fresh perspective to music, he lives it. He has helped bring honesty and insight to my boys in regards to basically everything in relation to the world of music. Al teaches them to think, "outside the box." I have seen definite changes in almost every aspect of their attitude and approach to music and creativity. As a parent, I am thrilled my kids are working with Al. They are able to take his constructive criticism or advice to heart because he has done pretty much everything in the music business. Hats off to, Take Lessons. You have a real gem for a teacher and he deserves to be recognized for it! Thank you, Al for going above and beyond for the younger generation in their quest to play and create great music.AngelaParent
ChristyM Feb 8, 2012
Hello there, Gianna is enjoying her lessons with Al, Thx!! Thought she would once she actually started appreciate how well you work with her, she has said nothing but positive things.
HeatherW Jan 18, 2012
Skye update

Skye is enjoying her lessons so far. She is excited about learning the new homework that she has.